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Old 16-10-2009, 13:28   #1
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100 books every child should read

An article from the Telegraph a few weeks ago, that I bookmarked and then forgot about. Just had a look at it now, and reckon I have read barely any of them, and even fewer whilst a kid (obviuosly some of them weren't published then,but many were).

Tale of Samuel whiskers- Beatrice Potter (but only read to my kids)
Yertle the Tyrtle (ditto)
Fungus the Bogeyman
Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson (to my kids again)
The Cat in the Hat, by Dr Seuss
Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling - I tried this on my kids, but none of them liked it
The Magic Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton - also one of my kids favourites!
Danny, the Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl
Underwater Adventure, by Willard Price read and re read all of these as a kid - reckon I got most of my wildlife knowledge from these books (including how to kill someone with tiger's whiskers, which I am sure will come in handy one day...)
The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes
Peter Pan, by JM Barrie (to my kids, and we never finished it. God is it awfully written!)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
The Sword in the Stone, by TH White
The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set, by CS Lewis (well I read LWaW as a kid, some of the others to my kids)
His Dark Materials Box Set, by Philip Pullman (as an adult)
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (ditto)
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien (many many times as a child and adult...)
Watership Down, by Richard Adams
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (I remember hating this one)

So I reckon that is 20 out of 100, and loads of those as an adult.

What about you? And where is Biggles on that list? Hardy boys? Tripods books?
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Old 16-10-2009, 13:32   #2
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Old 16-10-2009, 17:41   #4
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I've read about 30 of them. There are some bizarre inclusions as well as some strange omissions. If I was putting one Enid Blyton book in there it wouldn't be The Magic Faraway Tree. And if you're only putting one of the Harry Potter books in the list shouldn't it be the first one?
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Which Enid Blyton? I can't think of any that stick in my memory as much as Magic Faraway Tree? Noddy deserves a mention, I suppose.
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Old 16-10-2009, 20:58   #6
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If your a girl then the st clares or mallory towers series were good.

Or the secret seven.; or fatty and the five finder outers and dog, i liked that range.

and for your teens you have to have the classic "forever" and its fantastic leading man "ralph"

I still read Ballet shoes occasionally and anne of green gables last year and little women

and currently have wind in the willows on the go.
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Old 17-10-2009, 10:49   #7
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As a children's author prissy lists like this tick me right off. Most of the older reads aren't even proper kids books, they're just literary fiction with a child protagonist.

Bet this was written by some literary critic who's never met a real child.

Give your average 12-14 year old a reading list comprising Road of Bones, Anne of the Green Gables and Great Expectations and watch any interest they might ever have in reading wilt and die!
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Which Enid Blyton? I can't think of any that stick in my memory as much as Magic Faraway Tree? Noddy deserves a mention, I suppose.
The Famous Five sticks in my memory, as well as the Adventure series (Island of Adventure, Castle of Adventure, Valley of Adventure etc).

Like CJ, I found Five Find-Outers and Dog and Secret Seven pretty good series too. The Adventurous Four is another series I liked, but no-one else I mention it to seems to remember it.
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Ohh Kiki the parrot?? 3 kids and another boy?

I think fatty would be slapped now, all that disrespect for the local plod

and of course you wouldn't have a lead charachter called fatty in these pc times
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I liked the adventure series, I'll embarass myself by saying I found Castle of Adventure pretty bloody scary There was a bloody secret room with a light on, a light on!! They're series of books, though, there isnt one you could choose as representative as they're all pretty much identical.

Would kids today understand George? All that 'you're nearly as good as a boy!' stuff I think today there'd be another name for her. She obviously had some pretty deep seated identity/sexuality issues.

I don't remember the adventurous four. Though the parrot rings a bell. She also did a brilliant one about a farm that I can't remember. City family moves to farm, dad and son love it but mum and daughter want to go back to their big city ways. I'm sure you can guess how that resolves itself but it was pretty good.

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there was cherry tree farm. And maybe willow tree farm.

http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/b...erry+Tree+Farm


But that was kids sent to visit their aunt/uncle on the farm.

Oh and the boy who joins the circus as a dog trainer?

ohh good days.

I always thought George was right and who WOULd want to stay at the cave and make it homely whilst others explored
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That sounds a bit like it, but I think it was something different. Perhaps it wasnt Enid Blyton? It sounds more like Mistletoe Farm? Its likely they all got mixed up into one - like the Famous Five books do. The only one I really remember was Smugglers Top because it had 'Block' in it, the most terrifying character in any kids book Evah!

George should have been happy cooking and tidying up the tent like Anne was.

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i always thought dick would have preferred that role

it was great the way that it made living on a farm sound like the best thing EVER, whereas now we'd all hate it. or the farm would have sky tv anyway and broadband

I may go and re-read my "WHAT KATY DID" books.

I'm on a girls reading list, women who re-read the books from our teenage years - chalet school, what katy did, little women etc. Alot of us out there. its pure escapism, same as the mills and boons fans. or men and their soap opera sci fi books.
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Kiki the parrot was in the Adventure series. The adventurous four was just four kids. IIRC three were siblings and the fourth was the worldly-wise outsider who'd left school so he could do outdoor stuff all the time.
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I always had my suspiscions of Dick as well. He was Julian's bitch for sure.

You are right, the farm would be rubbish and smelly. But kids in those days were impressed with fresh eggs, trees and pop and stuff so it was probably a total sensory overload being in a farm. Like being on acid or something.

I used to quite enjoy the Mallory Towers books. My sister used to get them, so I used to sneaky borrow them.

I don't recall the Adventurous Four at all. I like the sound of the outsider who left school to be a wildman.
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If your a girl then the st clares or mallory towers series were good.
... and little women
I'm a boy, and I loved the Mallory Towers books.

And I'm reading Little Women at the moment.

Should I be worried, and start booking manicure treatments?
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its when you start organising midnight feasts that you should worry

Little women is good, as is good wives. i recently got Jo's boys and little men to complete the set, not quite as good really. amazing how well they stand up to being read now.
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With KRW mentioning Noddy I thought this was the appropriate place for this article:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/6359...golliwogs.html

While I can understand the reasoning behind the changes I'm not a fan of going back to books written decades ago and altering them to make them more palatable to todays sensibilities (as they have done with much of Blyton's material).
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While I can understand the reasoning behind the changes I'm not a fan of going back to books written decades ago and altering them to make them more palatable to todays sensibilities (as they have done with much of Blyton's material).
Some of it is so far past the knuckle though.

God knows how much of this will get past the autocensor, but i have a Enid Blyton book called "The Three Golliwogs", they are called Golly, Wog and ****** and each story in it is basically about people being confused as they all look the same.

Somehow i think it'd be tough to get it published these days.

I love the Enid Blyton stuff like The Adventure books and Faraway Tree, but my kids really haven't taken to them - sadly, i think there are just too archaic to grab the attention of modern kids.
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As a children's author prissy lists like this tick me right off. Most of the older reads aren't even proper kids books, they're just literary fiction with a child protagonist.
Indeed. Beats me how many people think "Treasure Island" and "Gullivers Travels" (I hate the latter with a passion) are books somehow suitable for kids.

Not books I know, but then you have something else that really ****** me off - kids thinking Simpsons and South Park are somehow kids programmes.
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